We've done a lot of jobs up until now, but doing an opera is a first.
On top of that, I'm the main protagonist... I couldn't have imagined that.
...Jun, are you nervous?
I guess, a little. But on the other hand, I was chosen for it, so... I'll work hard.
...Hey, what's an opera? I get that it's a play where we sing, so basically, it's a musical, right?
Let me see... “Kageki” translated into English would be opera, but there's a slight difference. With the opera this time, we'll mix singing and dancing into the performance, so you can treat it as a musical. If we refer to the documents, this opera treats both the theater and grandiose production as its two main parts... I remember watching an opera of the same format when I was much younger, when my parents took me to see it.
Uhh, I'm not really familiar with operas... I can't grasp the idea of it.
Honestly, me neither... First, let's watch the DVDs that Producer gave to us to use for reference.
Whew... Dancing and acting and singing all at the same time is a ton harder than I thought!
It doesn't require just stamina, but also using your head, too. The production's story is serious and complex.
It's a story of a family's love and sadness... from the brothers born as royalty... isn't it.
Due to a difference in opinion over how the five princes should rule their kingdom, the brothers begin to battle..
The role I play is the youngest brother, who's part of the moderates. Shiki-kun, Hayato, and Natsuki act out princes who are extremists.
The one I play, the oldest prince, has a viewpoint similar to the youngest brother, but... Because he's in the position of having to keep the brothers together, he can’t choose to be on only the youngest son's side.
In the end, he chooses to protect the country as the eldest son, and he confronts the youngest as his enemy, huh...
Even though their feelings are the same... It's such a sad story, that... they have to fight.
...We'll have to express the story's anguish and cruelty through our acting and singing.
Uhh... Looks hard, but practice makes perfect! I'll work hard on acting, too!
I heard that the stage is pretty wide, so how about we keep in mind how we're letting out our voices?
It's definitely different from the usual way we sing, so we have to change the feeling of it.
The curtain's up now. Everyone, we'll make this opera a success no matter what!
“Territory expansion yet again... The lands are growing infertile and weak due to repeated wartime destruction... The people are in need of food by the day. Please rethink your decision, dear brothers!”
“That again? Even if we cultivate the land, that will all come to naught if we lose it in battle.”
“If the land has become infertile, then it will be solved if we take from elsewhere. There is nothing else to be said.”
“...Temporary scarcity is a necessity. We'll have to make the masses understand that as well...”
“It's just as you say. At this rate, the people will become impoverished, and there will be no end to it...
"However... Military armaments are crucial for a country as well... Please understand."
"(The king's position permits me to only go this far... My apologies, brother...)”
(Jun and Haruna sing and dance)
(Through the changing eras, the sorrow of the brothers that can't understand each other... I'll express it through my singing and dancing, so that it can be conveyed to the people watching!)
“Through the people's eyes, the monarchy seems to be falling into corruption... I cannot leave this country to my brothers! Now is the time! Let us fight back!”
“That youngest brother... He must have certainly been inciting the commoners' riots without our noticing.”
“This is no longer just a riot... It's a revolution. Does he really mean to do this...”
“In that case, until we meet the enemy, all troops, take up your weapons! Rain down divine punishment upon the rebels!”
(Natsuki, Shiki, and Hayato sing and dance)
(...It's almost the last scene... I'm looking forward to seeing... Jun's intense acting.)
“This kingdom has only followed a single path of destruction due to my brothers' rampage... Nevertheless, eldest brother... You were the only one who listened to my cries. Please, dear brother! Let us change this corrupted monarchy by ourselves!”
“...I am royalty. No matter how corrupted it may have become, this kingdom is my treasure. I cannot discard the country... or anything of the sort...... Now. Pick up your sword. O brother of mine!”
“......If that is your answer.”
(Jun and Haruna sing and dance)
(It's a duel with Jun. Even though it's intense, we can't forget to express its sorrow and anguish.)